Attorney To Assure Tobias Case Gets Top Billing

Dec 11 2007 | 8:03am ET

High-profile celebrity attorney Debra Opri has agreed to represent Bill Ash, a key witness in the death investigation of hedge fund millionaire and CNBC financial analyst Seth Tobias.

Opri, who is most well known for representing Larry Birkhead in the Anna Nicole Smith paternity case, has also represented other high profile clients such as Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff, the ex-wife of Baywatch TV star David Hasselhoff, and Joseph and Katherine Jackson, the parents of pop star Michael Jackson. Her representation of Ash, the flamboyant assistant who admits to a checkered background as a Madame, is sure to mean that the case of the hedge fund manager found dead in his pool in September isn’t going away quietly.

In an interview with FINalternatives in October, Ash, who says he worked for five years as a personal assistant to Tobias and his wife, said that Tobias’ widow, Filomena, was responsible for his death. Ash also claimed that Filomena confessed to murdering Tobias, her third husband, in a phone call the week of his death.

Today, Opri issued a statement today regarding her representation of Ash.

"There has been an ongoing 'death' investigation into the drowning of Seth Tobias, a well known CNBC analyst, which lead Jupiter police to securing Bill Ash's cooperation in their investigation,” said Opri. “Mr. Ash has indicated his foremost objective at this time is to continue fulfilling his obligations to the police in order that the investigation may proceed.”

Opri also said that Ash is awaiting toxicology reports from police, which he believes will corroborate the information he provided to the police as to how Tobias was drugged and killed. Ash believes the police will find that there were, “significantly high levels of alcohol, cocaine, Ambien prescription sleeping medication, and other additional drugs” in Tobias' system at the time of his death.
Ash had also been subpoenaed to testify in the probate battle over Seth Tobias' multi-million dollar estate, however in an email to FINalternatives last week, Ash said that the judge has ruled that he does not need to testify in the financial fight between the widow Filomena, and Seth Tobias' two step brothers. 


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